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Wallis Watkins

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Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on politics for Capitol Access.

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The Louisiana House has rejected a bill that would allow convicted felons to qualify for jury duty after a five year cleansing period. 

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Despite pushback from the House, Governor John Bel Edwards is sticking by his original funding proposal for K-12 education, which includes a $1,000 raise for teachers, $500 raise for support staff, and a $39 million bump to school districts. 

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The debate over next year’s budget is headed to the Senate, after the Louisiana House easily passed the bill Thursday. But K-12 education funding continues to be a sticking point. 

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Louisiana will not be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. 

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A bill to hide the identity of people or businesses who produce drugs used to carry out the death penalty is making its way through the Louisiana House. The move is an effort to get executions running again in the state. 

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House Republicans are looking to give Louisiana teachers a larger pay raise than expected next year, as lawmakers decide how to spend $119 million in extra revenue. 

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Louisiana’s Senate will consider a bill to prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected— a law that’s been blocked from taking effect in other states. 

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Lawmakers in the House and Senate education committees—both controlled by Republicans—disagree over a $39 million increase to public school funding, a split that could pose a threat to pay raises for Louisiana teachers. 

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Attorney General Jeff Landry’s plan to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions advanced out of a Senate committee Wednesday, while a similar effort backed by Governor John Bel Edwards failed in a House committee.

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Lawmakers have renewed an effort to eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana. A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that would leave the decision up to voters. 

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